Yes, most of us heard or read Bishop Curry’s sermon at the Royal Wedding.
And if we ask the real message he wanted to give, it can be summed up in just a few words.
We must discover the power of love, the redemptive power of love. And when we do that, we will make of this old world a new world, for love is the only way.”
There’s power in love. Don’t underestimate it. Don’t even over-sentimentalise it. There’s power, power in love.
If you don’t believe me, think about a time when you first fell in love. The whole world seemed to centre around you and your beloved.
Oh there’s power, power in love. Not just in its romantic forms but any form, any shape of love. There’s a certain sense in which when you are loved, and you know it, when someone cares for you, and you know it, when you love and you show it, it actually feels right. There is something right about it.
And there’s a reason for it. The reason has to do with the source. We were made by a power of love and our lives were meant — and are meant — to be lived in that love. That’s why we are here.
Ultimately, the source of love is God himself: The source of all of our lives. There’s an old medieval poem that says: “Where true love is found, God himself is there.
The New Testament says it this way: “Beloved, let us love one another, because love is of God and those who love are born of God and know God. Those who do not love do not know God. Why? For God is love.”
There’s power in love. There’s power in love to help and heal when nothing else can. There’s power in love to lift up and liberate when nothing else will. There’s power in love to show us the way to live.
Set me as a seal on your heart? a seal on your arm? for love is as strong as death.
There is a deep truth behind his words, although many may have missed the depth. But not, I hope, the visitors and the contributors to this site. We know a great deal about religion, don’t we? The dogmas, the Scriptures, the moral teaching, the traditions of the Church, the sacraments, the effects of original sin, the need for grace and so on. And we know that this is all beside the real point.
The real point is that all love comes from God, and that is the essence of his nature. Whenever and wherever (and whoever) we love it is God’s love we are incarnating. That is what redemption is about, and it was earned by the wounds in the hands and the feet and the side. There is no such thing as love in the absence of God. And no absence of God where there is love. Theology has no meaning other than to help us, very crudely, to understand. And, if we are not careful, it may well distract us from the real truth.
Atheists, agnostics, religionists, Christians, Catholics will all be asked just one question on the Last Day “Did you love me?” And if someone shouts out “I never met you – I never believed you existed” the answer will be “You met me every day in your neighbour. You simply didn’t know my name”.